“Clutter is not just stuff on your floor – it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”
– Peter Walsh
I’ve spent the past month trying to rid my mind of the remnants of a toxic relationship that I’ve neglected to declutter my physical space. It’s been stressing me out!
Usually, most people start by cleaning out their physical space in order to clear the mind but I guess I didn’t get the memo. For a couple of weeks now, my bedroom looked like it was ravaged by a tornado with clothes flung across the floor and random receipts/papers scattered here and there. I finally put everything back in order today and it’s as if a weight has been lifted.
I find that when I’m stressed or worried about something, all chaos lets loose in my bedroom. I subconsciously start to unravel and things slowly start to pile up where they don’t belong. Eventually, I realize I’m slipping into an unstable, anxiety-filled state of mind and that my room has taken a hit. It’s at this point I snap back into reality and I restore order to my poor bedroom.
As much as I hate clutter and feel anxious when there’s too much stuff around, I’m one of those people who have a very hard time throwing things away. I think Christina Scalise who said, “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination,” has hit the nail on the head.
I hate making decisions.
Not only do I hate making decisions but I also prolong making them. This is probably why I’ve held onto everything I’ve ever owned (okay, maybe not everything… but almost!). I’ve been trying to become more decisive and decided that I’d start practicing by getting rid of some old clothes. Boy, was that a challenge!
Even though I barely wear half the items in my closet, I just didn’t want to part with anything. However, after an internal struggle (that only lasted a few hours…), I did manage to part with 2 garbage bags worth of clothes, which I decided to donate.
With time and some practice, I’m sure I’ll get better at making decisions. But, in the meantime, why choose between chocolate and vanilla when you can have both?!